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Good hotel, Kalatura disappointing
We found the hotel better than we expected. The room was good, although the shower was not much more than a dribble. The food, although rarely hot, was varied and tasty. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and even the hawkers outside didn't give us that much hassle. We were told that Kalutara was within walking distance but, because of the heat, we found that impossible so we took a tuk-tuk. The town was busy and dusty and had little to recommend it apart from the temple. However, when we started to look around the temple, a man appeared who told us all about it and then demanded 2,000 rupees!
There is no shade or sunbeds on the beach so you are better off staying in the hotel grounds.
All in all, we found the Tangerine Beach Hotel good but we wouldn't go back to Kalatura.
Loved The Elephants!
My wife and i recently returned from a holiday in Sri Lanka where we stayed at the Tangerine Beach Hotel, which was situated on the South East side of the island.
The hotel was everything we had hoped it would be, with spacious rooms, good food, excellent service and beautiful surroundings. The main reason for our visit was my wifes love for elephants and to visit the renowned elephant orphanage at Pinewella. It didnt take long for us to locate a local gentleman who had been recommended as an excellent tour guide, and charged less than half the price of the hotel. His name is Sunil Silva, and he can always be found utside the hotel. He also operates from four hotels, the tangerine beach, royal palms, hibiscus hotel and the mermaid hotel.
Tanned and chilled!
We've just returned, tanned and chilled from 18 nights at the Tangerine Beach. We had a fantastic holiday, the hotel is clean, friendly and efficiently run - nothing is too much trouble.
The surrounding area is full of warm and friendly people - AND WORTH A SPECIAL MENTION - The Green Bamboo Restaurant, where you will experience the best and cheapest lobster you've ever had! Take time to talk to the owner/chef - a perfect gentleman!
Ladies, take advantage of the wonderful bargains to be had from the ladies on the beach and let your men relive their youth in the afternoon cricket matches against the hotel staff!
Don't believe all you read
We're just back from this hotel after a 2 week stay (all inc - family of 4, children 14 and 12). Have to say we all enjoyed ourselves and had no problems at all with the hotel. It seemed very quiet there -plenty of sunbed availability and the pool was rarely crowded. Staff were very friendly and helpful, food was good - big buffet selection with spicy leanings. Excellent puddings.
Rooms were ok - clean and quite big with great views, but were a bit dark and felt a bit damp at first. Not sure if this was related to the humidity as it did rain quite a bit to start with. Not brilliant but not terrible and quite comfortable.
The resort is quite a drive from the airport - bad news during the day, but ok earlier.
Beach ok, sea too rough for swimming (monsoon season) and hawkers bit intimidating at first .
Pool excellent - good size, clean, deep and not too busy.
Had a great time, but then in came the Saga Tourists!
We have just came back after spending 2 weeks at the Tangerine hotel. Please dont go on first impressions, ours was that it was old, cold and damp. Did not want to stay, but after a few days its actually not that bad. The staff there are very friendly, in fact everyone was. Even though it was monsoon season we got plenty of sunbathing in. On our first week it was very quiet, very few people there. Try and go out on as many trips as you can, it is a wonderful country and lots to see and do. The food there although warm rather than nice and hot was still very nice, lots of choice and we didnt know anyone that had a dodgy stomach. On the second week the Saga tourists turned up, this was horrible. They are worse than the Germans for hogging sun loungers and not using them and Rude if there are children there, like they should not be allowed on holiday. When they turned up the whole atmosphere changed. We did get married there which was Fantastic. I would recommend this to anyone. The hotel and staff where brilliant, could not do enough for us. Even if you go and stop at a top hotel like the Lighthouse which we done for a few days, youll find that as nice as they are they still arnt finished off well. This is a poor country and you cant expect their hotels to be at a standard we expect ours to be. Use this hotel as a base for trips and you wont be dissapointed.
We have just spent 18 days at this hotel. Our room was agood size, had excellent temperature control & a pleasant balcony overlooking the sea (some 100m. away) The room & linen were spotlessly clean & the room-boy very helpful. All the staff of the hotel were keen to serve & the occasional complaint led to apology & remedial action.The pool was a good size & well maintained. Food- As mentioned in previous reviews sometimes lukewarm or even cool! However a fair choice available from the buffet often supplemented by freshly cooked items to order. We took an all-in option which may have been unwise as we spent half our time in Sri Lanka touring the many fascinating historic ,religeous & wildlife sites. We found Jetwing a very reliable organisation for the provision of private tours. There was a slight problem with hawkers on the beach but no real unpleasantness when turned down firmly but politely.
All in all a hotel giving good value for money.
Dr MW F ,Chester UK
On arrival at the hotel first impressions , clean, friendly staff.
The room we were given at first was OK a bit small for three but thought it would do us for the 10 night stay. On meeting the rep we asked if a bigger room was available, it was sorted we moved the same day. We were all inclusive.
The rooms was cleaned every day, clean towels every day very impressed with the room. The hotel was only half full when we were there (locals saying tourist not coming due to being frightened).
The pool area very clean, clean towels to use by the pool were given to you daily, even laid on the lounger for you with a padded matteress.
All the staff were good, nothing was too much trouble. The one bug bear was some of the security staff, they came up and was talkative but the only wanted you to give them cigarettes. Once you give it to one word soon gets around, so be warned.
The beach traders were a bit of a pest at first but a firm NO works and they leave you alone.
Food.... Luke warm, all things were spicey. if you like curries you will be ok. Got very boring always seeming to be the same stuff just moved to different places in the dining room.
The coffee shop food was hot and nice (only because you had to pay, not on the AI) it was cheap to eat there and would recommed a meal there.
On meeting the rep we booked a trip to the elephant orphanage, we were told it only takes 2/3 hours to get there !!!!!!!!!! we left the hotel at 8am had 2.5hours at the orphanage and didn't get back to the hotel until 18.30. it was a horrible journey too far for one day, the rep should have told us the truth on how long it took to get there, (if he had of done we never would have gone).
The evening entertainment was boring, daytime entertainment was non existant, the animation staff were about but didn't animate.
On the whole it was a relaxing holiday, but wouldn't go to sri lanka again. The people were lovely the place it self outside the hotel not impressed at all.
Take plenty of mosquito repellent with you.
When changing cash at a bank in towns you need to take your passports else they won't change your money. The banks offer a better rate than the hotel.
Spend your ruppee's before you leave because they do not accept it at the airport, English and Dollars fine but not Ruppees.
The place grows on you
After a long and difficult journey from the airport (2.5 hours+) you are really happy to arrive. The hotel is located in secure grounds with direct access to the beach through a gated fence to keep back the beach traders.
The room was adequate if a little tired. A supposed modern decor was rather gloomy and made the room appear dingy. The bathroom needed re-doing but was otherwise adequate. Some maintenance was needed to fill cracks around door architraves/skirting to stop them being a home to ants. However, a call to reception did get some spray applied which seemed to do the trick. We arrived just after a wet spell which was probably the cause of the large number of mosquitos. Many other guests had suffered horrible bites but we were glad of our mosquito net that meant we were unaffected. The hotel put something in the room each evening to tackle the mosquitos but these seemed ineffective. During our stay there was only a brief rainshower on Boxing Day evening following which it was always dry and the number of mosquitos dropped off markedly.
The above were the only gripes and not really significant. The staff seemed always eager to help, address concerns and to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable.
The location of the hotel alongside the beach was perfect and there a lovely, well-tended grounds to walk around - including those of the next door sister hotel. Plenty of chipmunks live in the trees and have become quite used to people and often come down to "ask" for a scrap of bread or coconut. Late afternoons some of the fruit trees attract large fruit? bats which are something to see. The hotel also has some resident ducks that compete for the bread given to the chipmunks.
It seemed that restrictions often applied on swimming in the sea due to sea/current conditions but none of this impacted the ability to paddle. When swimming was allowed, a lifeguard was on duty.
As might be expected, many traders come along the beach and will call out their wares to hotel guests. None of this was really a problem - no one ever seemed threatening - and a polite no stopped one being pestered. That said, a number of people (including ourselves) did find some bargaining opportunities.
Apart from the location and attentive staff, we were really taken by the large variety of good quality food. We mainly stuck to the curries which were delicious and often quite different in taste to those obtained in most indian restaurants in UK. However, unless you can take it, the dhall (lentils) needed to be treated with some caution as they were highly spiced with chilli! For those who didn't like the curries (and for some reason there appeared to be quite a number), there were always plenty of western alternatives available.
We took a half board option as opposed to AI. This suited us fine and after a week's stay our bill gave change from £100 for all additional drinks and food for 2 people. Drinks were not expensive and lunch could be bought from the coffee shop for a very reasonable price (£2-£3 per head plus drinks). The full buffet lunch was also available to non-AI guests for less than £5!
We did the trip to the elephant orphanage. Probably OK for adults but the long journey would be difficult for children and they may not be so interested in the add-ons on the way eg visit to a spice garden and fruit orchard etc. However, we found it worthwhile even if the journey length left only limited time to stay in the orphanage before embarking on the return trip.
For those considering a stay over New Year, do not be put off by the compulsory gala dinner charge. We were amazed by the effort the hotel put into the arrangements and the spectacular result they achieved including superb spread of food, band & disco, local dancers, fire-eater show, fireworks at midnight etc. A really good start to the New Year!
after travelling for a couple of hours we were pleased to arrive, and not dissapointed at all. I was quite worried after reading some of the reviews but my mind was soon put at rest. The staff and manager were extreamly friendly running around and fetching us cold drinks befor we had even checked in.
The rooms were nice and clean( and the air conditioning worked. )
The pool was clean, the pool attendant fetched beds for everyone when they arrived around the pool.
My only concern was that we were all inclusive , but if you ordered food from the snack bar near the pool it was extra as is wine!The food at the buffet was good and the chef was happy to make something different if you asked.
The beach boys could be a bit of a pain but we told them we had already done all the trips and were not doing anymore and they left us alone. The ladies that were selling items along the beach front were lovely and we brought some lovely items from them and not once felt hassled to do so.
The beach is not the best I have been on but it was ok and the kids managed to collect some great shells.
I loved Sri Lanka, the people are so friendly and we would stay here again.
Nice Hindu Culture
I was residing in Kalutera, on hour south from the main place Colombo in the 4 star hotel called tangerine Beach. I made trips to Galle, Kandy and Colombo. I will update the page soon.
I am a swedish massage therapist and my family and I are having one weeks' tour staying at Culture Club Hotel, Mahwella Reach and St Andrews before travelling down to the coast, staying at Tangerine Beach. Can you advise me of the best place to observe and participate in any massage treatments, ayuervedic especially? Do locals offer this for tourists, eg on the beach? Congrats on a great site!
Re: Massage Magic?
most hotels have Ayuervedic treatment centres, if not, try the nearest Spice Garden...........the massages are wonderful
the Spice Gardens also sell stuff for insect bites that clears them up like magic
enjoy your trip, Sri Lanka is fabulous
Re: Massage Magic?
Most of the hotels have Ayuervedic spas or health spas as they call it. And few hotels are totally dedicated to this ayuervedic treatments.
I was in these hotels (hotels you mentioned) really few years back! So, I don’t know whether they have this facility now. But incase they don’t have it; they have contacts with the other hotels who have them. Therefore visiting a spa could be easily arranged.
You can observe them with the permission of the spa & the guest. I hope you meant about learning by the word participating. For participating in an ayuervedic massage you have to convince the spa management!
All the best!
Happy traveling in Sri Lanka!
Re: Massage Magic?
Culture club is the best !!!!